Research Programs Overview
Research is at the heart of all endeavors at the Cranberry Station, fueling our ability to provide excellent, science-based information to cranberry growers. Station scientists are leaders in the cranberry research community and in their academic disciplines. Follow the link below to our individual programs and see below for highlights of our programs.
- Our faculty and staff have active grants totaling more than $2 million, including grants from MA-DEP, Mass Highway , EPA, USDA, Cranberry grower organizations, the Center for Agriculture, and the UMASS Faculty Research Council.
- Dr. Frank Caruso, leading a national team of Plant Pathologists, received an award from the USDA Pest Management Alternatives Program to continue studies on reduced fungicide use in the control of cranberry fruit rot.
- Dr. Carolyn DeMoranville's research program is focused on plant nutrient management. Her research goals are to quantify budgets for nitrogen and phosphorus use in cranberry production and to identify ways to increase efficiency of nutrient use and minimize nutrient impacts on water quality.
- Dr. Hilary Sandler was recently awarded two grants from EPA to continue her research into integrated weed management, with this current effort focusing on the use of hand-held flame cultivation to control woody perennial weeds and the parasitic plant, dodder.
- Dr. Casey Kennedy, a USDA-ARS hydrologist, conducts research that involves integration of fieldwork, lab work, GIS, and geochemical modeling to investigate water and nutrient cycling in agricultural watersheds.